Chicago Back-to-School Events Celebrate Education

Monday, August 29, 2011

With school starting soon, several Chicago communities said goodbye to summer while celebrating education on Saturday.

The 51st annual Englewood Back to School Parade touted a theme of education as a key to the future.

"I had a really fun time this summer, so I'm kind of disappointed that it's going to be over, but I'm ready for 7th grade," said parade-goer Mariah Jones.

Its where Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard emphasized the importance of first day attendance, especially in light of the district's multimillion dollar deficit.

"That drives about $600 million into the district. This is important in terms of budget, but for us even more importantly, it's about academic achievement," Brizard said in Englewood earlier this summer.

Meanwhile, for the 17th year, the city's 27th Ward hosted its Stay in School Picnic. People there enjoyed food, games and entertainment like the Jesse White Tumblers.

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